Aquiligia canadensis: Wild Columbine
Location: Holliday Lake State Park: road into park; Bear Creek Lake State Park: near Lodge
Bloom Period: April–July
Habitat: Variable. Edge of woods, stream banks, ridges; light shade to partial sun.
- Pollinated by hummingbirds and butterflies.
- Found throughout the Eastern half of the United States.
- Called Aquiligia because the bloom is supposed to resemble an eagle’s claw.
- Called Columbine for the Latin word Columba meaning dove. Probably because the upside-down bloom is thought to resemble a ring of doves drinking at a fountain.
- Native Americans used infusions of the plant to treat poison ivy, headaches, and many other ailments.